By Edith Layton
A bride to save lots of his identify . . . until he unearths a prosperous wife—and soon—Lord Ian Sutcombe will lose every little thing. Left deeply in debt by means of his silly father and grasping stepmother, his simply wish is to marry for funds. Stung via a suitor's merciless betrayal, Hannah Leeds, daughter of a wealthy service provider, wasn't convinced she'd ever love back. So while her father arranges her betrothal to the good-looking lord, she consents. It was once not more than a wedding of comfort. they might honor and obey, yet by no means love . . . until eventually a simmering ardour exploded right into a scorching affair. Now, with Hannah socializing with contributors of the ton and one other guy out to win her center, Ian will do every little thing in his strength to teach Hannah she is his ecstasy, his wish fulfilled . . . and oh a lot more than a bride for his comfort.
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I’ll wager you are,” Foster said with a smug smile. “I’ll wager the invitations are already piled high in your front hall. Well, in all honesty, I mustn’t wager. I asked your valet. ” “It would be rude not to reciprocate,” Ian said simply. ” “Well, no fear of that now,” Foster said merrily. “And see what happens after the engagement notice is placed in the papers. ” “Then I shall,” Ian said. “Although the other truth is that I was uninterested. That will change if Miss Leeds wishes. I don’t know if you’ll care for the denizens of the ton,” he told Hannah.
He was a pleasant companion and seemed a decent fellow. Would that be enough for her? Fortunately, she’d months to decide. In the meanwhile, she’d made sure he’d nothing to be ashamed of in her but her name and lineage. If she found he thought there was anything else, she’d end the farce of their proposed marriage before it became a fact. She wouldn’t be insulted again, and ending this engagement wouldn’t distress her. She’d gone somewhere in her heart that was beyond such trivial hurt. Hannah smoothed her gloves and looked down at herself with pride.
She asked. “It has nothing to do with me,” he said, taking her hands in his. ” “You don’t want me,” she said. He inclined his head. She saw a small smile on his lips. ” The couple seen in silhouette from the parlor window was observed to be standing close, holding hands, and talking quietly. Both gentlemen inside, having completed their preliminary negotiations, looked out the window, turned to each other, smiled, and shook hands. The couple strolled back to the house. “You know,” Hannah said carefully, walking with her head down as though watching her step, “any female you do marry, under the circumstances, will want and expect a child.